A two-run eighth inning by the Cincinnati Reds (44-45) broke a 4-4 tie and led the visitors to a 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks (43-45) at Chase Field in Phoenix.
That was the result today as Strat-O-Matic games of Glen Head, N.Y., continued its announced plan to simulate the entire 2020 Major League Baseball season on a day-by-day basis for as long as actual game play is on hold.
Help set the lineup, batting order for the simulated Reds:
Have you ever dreamed of your opportunity to “manage” the Reds? Now is your chance. Learn more below!
Mark Payton led off the top of the eighth as a pinch-hitter for Pedro Strop and singled. After Freddy Galvis struck out, Shogo Akiyama followed with his third hit of the game, a double, moving Payton to third. Joey Votto then hit a sacrifice fly driving in Payton with the go-ahead run. Eugenio Suarez then followed with a single that drove in Akiyama — who was waved home in a very animated fashion by Redleg Nation commenter/manager Melvin, serving as a third-base coach — with what turned out to be the game-winning run. Arizona then scored a single run in the bottom of the eighth off Amir Garrett to pull within 6-5. Raisel Iglesias came on with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to strike out Eduardo Escobar with the potential tying and go-ahead runners on base.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third inning, the sim Reds scored three times — one on a double by Suarez and two more on a double by Jesse Winker off Arizona starter Zac Gallen. Nick Castellanos hit a solo homer in the sixth which tied the game at 4-4.
Votto continues to look more and more like the vintage version of himself. In five plate appearances, he singled twice, walked twice, and hit the afore-mentioned eighth-inning sacrifice fly. As in recent real seasons, Votto has come on after a very slow early-season sim start at the plate.
The victory — the team’s second straight for Melvin — pulled the sim Reds within two games of the Cubs and Cardinals, tied for second, and four games of first-place Milwaukee, which fell to St. Louis today.
Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:
B-Pinch Hit For Strop In 8th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (SS) For Garrett In 8th Inning
F-Subbed Defensively (CF) For Castellanos In 9th Inning
A-Pinch Hit For Rondon In 6th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Clarke In 8th Inning
D-Pinch Ran For Cron In 8th Inning
Standings following the July 3 games:
The 2020 schedule has the Reds again at Chase Field in Phoenix Saturday for the second game of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trevor Bauer pitches for the sim Reds, while lefthander Madison Bumgarner will start for the D-backs.
Help set the lineup, batting order for the simulated Reds:
Have you ever dreamed of your opportunity to “manage” the Reds? Now is your chance.
Strat-O-Matic has agreed to allow Redleg Nation to submit the Cincinnati Reds’ lineups for each day’s simulated game. We want all of our readers who want to participate to get involved.
Here is how it will work:
- In each wrap up of that day’s simulated game, Redleg Nation will post the opposing starting pitcher for the next game. You will know who the pitcher is and whether he is left-handed or right-handed, and you can use that information in creating a lineup for the next game, and submitting it in the comments below. “Splits” such as performance vs. left-handers or right-handers are replicated in the Strat-O-Matic game algorithm, and therefore should be considered.
- We will accept lineups from every reader who wants to submit one. The lineup that will be submitted to Strat-O-Matic each day will be the one that receives the most positive replies (in effect, “yes” votes) from readers other than the submitter. In case of ties:
- First tiebreaker: Lineup submitted by the reader who has had the fewest number of opportunities as a “manager.”
- Second tiebreaker: Lineup submitted earliest in the comment thread. (So get your lineup in “early” each day.)
- What is “early?” Redleg Nation posts these articles daily between 5 and 6 p.m. Eastern time. Strat-O-Matic’s deadline for us to submit a lineup for the next day’s game is midnight. On most days, we’ll do this before “bedtime,” which is typically between 10:30 and 11 Eastern time.
Since Melvin was the victorious Redleg Nation commenter/manager today, he has priority for Saturday’s lineup. Have fun with this! If you have any questions, please post them in the comment string below. Here are the “managerial records” of our Redleg Nation participants to date:
Strat-O-Matic has been in the sports simulation business since the 1960s. A USA Today article contained this explanation:
Strat-O-Matic and other baseball simulations use statistics from the previous season to create “cards” for each player on a roster. The team managers select the batting order and the starting pitcher. From there, a series of dice rolls and calculations determines the outcome of each at-bat.
Strat-O, as it’s known to longtime players, first gained its immense popularity as a board game. The company has since expanded to a downloadable Windows version and one that’s played online. A few years ago, it introduced Baseball Daily – a new iteration that combined the player cards from the previous season with statistics from the real season being played at the same time.
Unlike many video games, the Strat-O-Matic results are based on algorithms that account for players’ performance based on statistics that their statistical experts project for each player in the 2020 season. It’s not a game played with a joystick that relies more on the skill of the person with the video game controller in his or her hand.
The simulation software will keep comprehensive statistics for all teams for the season, so we’ll be able to track year-to-date leaders in many statistical categories. Our current plan is to provide statistical leader summaries here at Redleg Nation each Sunday. You can follow the season at Strat-O-Matic.com, where they plan to post the results from each day’s schedule at 2 p.m. Eastern time.